Falklands Ride of Respect 2021

To Respect, Remember and Honour all who fell for SAMA (82) because they are Not Forgotten

The 40th anniversary of the Falklands war is in 2022.  Our ride is to promote:  Remembrance, Respect, Awareness and Support.

Following our first two successful rides in 2019 and 2020, from Saturday 31 July to Sunday 15 August 2021 a team of four veterans will be riding around the UK by motorbike visiting the gravesites and memorials of men of who lost their lives in the Falklands war in 1982.   A total of 2600 miles in 15 days, visiting over 80 graves and memorials of the Falklands war.

We are doing this ride to demonstrate that these men are not forgotten, to pay our respects to each one and their families, and to raise funds for the South Atlantic Medal Association who continue to support veterans of the Falklands war and most importantly, the families who have lost loved ones. 

During our first ride in 2019 we visited all of the 3 Para graves, and in 2020 we visited all of the other Falklands graves that we knew about in the U.K.  In 2021 we will be putting both of those rides together making a ride of over 2400 miles that will encompass the graves and memorials of 2 Para, 3 Para, SAS, Scots Guards, Welsh Guards, Royal Marines, SBS, Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Gurkha Rifles, Army Catering Corps, Royal Army Medical Corps and Army Air Corps.  

We will cover the whole of the UK from Whitley Bay, Dundee, Macduff, Arbroath, Oban, Spean Bridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hamilton, Irvine, Lisburn, Wrexham, Liverpool, Rhyl, Wrexham, Stockport, Sheffield, Derby, Lowestoft, Braintree, Northampton, NMA Alrewas,  Cinderford, Ross on Wye, Hereford, Pontypool,  Gillingham, Worthing, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Tidworth, Brookwood, Frimley and Aldershot.  On returning to Durham our final act of remembrance will be at Hutton Rudby in North Yorkshire where we will pay our respects to Sir Rex Hunt, the former Governor of the Falkland Islands in 1982.  

During the ride, any of our supporters, families and friends are welcome to join us.  We will try to stick to the published programme as much as possible to make it easy for you to do so.  We also expect to be joined at various times by riders from Airborne Forces Riders, RBL Riders, The Widows Sons, (Masonic Riders), The Royal Marine Riders, Invictus MC and The Patriots MC, Norfolk HOG and others.

Joining Riders are most welcome but you must understand that we are following a programme and will not wait for you if you miss an RV and that we may have to change the plan at short notice.  Keep updated on our Facebook page. You also must make all of your own admin arrangements.

The programme is out on our Facebook page and we would love families and friends of the fallen to join us in our act of remembrance and respect at the grave or memorial.  We are limited to one hour at each location due to the distances we have to cover each day so we will keep our short service very simple and respectful.  As we did not know all of the fallen personally it is always emotional and inspirational to talk with their families and friends who attend, and find out a little about the person that they lost. It would be an honour to meet you.

The South Atlantic Medal Association intend to maintain and promote a sense of pride and comradeship among all veterans of the South Atlantic campaign, in a manner which respects both individual privacy and personal requirements. We also wish to establish and maintain contact with other organisations involved in the welfare of of the Armed Forces and ensure that due consideration is given to the interests of South Atlantic veterans. SAMA (82) will also investigate for consideration, by an appropriate organisation, any case of hardship or distress amongst South Atlantic veterans

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Please support this effort in whatever way you can.  Every donation – no matter how small – helps.  Thank you.

RIDERS COSTS – a request.

This ride is entirely self-funded by the riders themselves and from previous experience we know that it costs around £1600 each.  We are very grateful for any assistance, and if you would like to help with our direct costs separate to your charitable donation, donations to our ride expenses can be made by PayPal at: paul508@mac.com.  Please use the friends and family option. Thank you.